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    "for" or "of"

    I asked by my friend about the difference between "of" and "for" in
    the following case. Could anyone help me to tell it?
    #1. In the toughest times since my mother's death our love for flowers
    has brought me comfort.
    #2. In the toughest times since my mother's death our love of flowers
    has brought me comfort.
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    Re: "for" or "of"

    If I had a love of flowers, I might just enjoy looking at them but with a love for flowers, I might be growing them.

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    Re: "for" or "of"

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    Thank you for your example!

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    Re: "for" or "of"

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    If I had a love of flowers, I might just enjoy looking at them but with a love for flowers, I might be growing them.
    I am having some difficulties in giving exmaples as you did for the 'of' and 'for' though I know its meanings.What is actually the reason behind it?lacking of knowledge?

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    Re: "for" or "of"

    I used 'might' in my examples because I think that they could often be used interchangeably, but was trying to show how they could be different. I think that it would be hard to state a clear distinction.

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